Four Brothers, 10 seasons and the end of an era for Navy water polo

October 19, 2017- – by Adam Zielonka

From left, Shepherd Warren, Carpenter Warren, Archie Warren and Arny Warren. There has been at least one Warren on the Navy water polo team every season since 2008.





USA Water Polo Junior Olympics 2016

Published on Aug 13, 2016

The 14u Navy Water Polo team had a big win at the Junior Olympics. USA water polo interviewed the team after their victory against SoCal and got an inside look at “our little Maryland team”.




Navy AC Water Polo Announces Formation of Anchors Aweigh League

Published on Feb 17, 2016

aal-imageAnnapolis, MD – The Naval Academy Aquatic Club (Navy AC) Water Polo Team has announced the formation of their new Anchors Aweigh League for this spring. The League will consist of four teams, comprised of the club’s 14 & under players and players from other clubs in the Northeast region and coached by the club’s senior players. Coaches were selected based on their age, experience and dedication to the club. Navy AC Water Polo’s professional coaching staff will serve as officials. Read More…



USA Water Polo Junior Olympics 2015

Published on Aug 3, 2015

The Navy Aquatics Club bought their A-game this year, and they attribute that to their commitment to teamwork.

This video highlights the 14U girls team and the coaches.




Naval Academy Aquatic Club Water Polo Players Making a Splash Nationally

February 16, 2015 – – by T.C. Cameron

Competing in the Olympics is as likely as walking on the sun for most people, but for six local teenagers playing water polo for the Naval Academy Aquatic Club, the path just got a little brighter.

Max Bethel, 15, and Ronan Williams, 17, from Severna Park, Brennan Donnelly, 12, Jacob Whitaker, 14, Keaton Tengwell, 18, and Peter Doetsch, 17, from Arnold have been selected by USA Water Polo for the 2015 Northeast Zone team by the Olympic Development Program.

“This is a remarkable accomplishment to get this far, and anything beyond this point for these kids goes in the ‘amazing’ column,” said Mark Lawrence, an NAAC assistant coach who will coach the Northeast Zone team. ” Read More…


USA Water Polo Announces 2013-­2014 Academic All Americans 8 Hail from Naval Academy Aquatic Club

October 21, 2014 – by Jill Donnolley

ANNAPOLIS, MD – USA Water Polo recently announced the 2013-­2014 Academic All-­Americans. A USA Water Polo Academic All-­American is a student-­athlete who has earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.6 or higher for the 2013-­2014 academic school year; completed the 10th, 11th or 12th grade in the spring of 2014; is a current USA Water Polo member; and has competed in a USA Water Polo National Event during the 2013-­2014 academic school year. Congratulations to all the athletes recognized for their hard work in the classroom. Student-­athletes needed a 3.6 GPA on a scale of 4.0 to qualify. Those that received a 4.0 GPA were honored as outstanding achievers*. Read More…


Kids Enjoy Foray Into Water Polo At Berrywood, Whitehurst

August 7, 2014 – – by Colin Murphy

Water polo made its mark in Severna Park this summer thanks to the well-received and much-enjoyed efforts of the Navy Aquatic Club Water Polo Program, which held several Learn To Play Water Polo days for area kids and swim teams at multiple community pools and will continue to offer opportunities for newcomers to play the sport over the remainder of the summer.

Over 70 Severna Park kids enjoyed learning to play water polo at the Berrywood and Whitehurst pools in mid-July, and the Navy AC Water Polo Program also hosted play days at Bay Ridge, Cape St. Claire and Chase Creek, in total hosting 200 young water polo neophytes in the area.

Navy men’s water polo coach Mladen Stanicic, who helped orchestrate the program along with Navy AC, said the participation in the area has been tremendous and the kids have had tons of fun.

“They did beautifully,” said Stanicic of the sessions held at Berrywood and Whitehurst. “They were very engaged, interested and eager to get in and play. Sometimes we would have more than one set of teams at a time, so we would rotate in teams to play, and they kids couldn’t wait to get back in.” Read More…

Passion for Polo Passed on in Annapolis

July 19, 2014 – – by TC Cameron

After returning to a county with a rich legacy in lacrosse, football and basketball, Mladen Stanicic decided to get out of the water and start pounding some pool deck pavement.

The Naval Academy Aquatic Club water polo coach, embarking on his second stint with the program, has been visiting local pools this summer, demonstrating the sport and presenting the game to a new generation of potential players.

“Water polo has lost some of the steam it had been building, so we’ve turned to the communities and summer pools to re-generate the game,” Stanicic said. “It’s actually worked quite well, because last night we had 10 new children show up to play, and that’s a direct result of our demonstrations.”

Count Kari Williams, a Severna Park resident, among the locals who have happily taken the bait.

“I’d lived here 10 years before I’d heard of water polo,” said Williams, who relocated with her family from Norwalk, Connecticut.
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Local Athletes Train With USA Water Polo Olympic Development Program

April 2, 2014 – Severna Park Voice – by Colin Murphy

On March 15 and 16, five local high school athletes took to the pools at Naval Academy Aquatic Club as part of a four-month training regimen with the USA Water Polo Olympic Development Program. High school sophomores Ronan Williams (Severna Park High School) and Max Bethel (Gilman), eighth-grader Jacob Whitaker (Severn River MS) and Broadneck High School seniors Grace Doerfler and Claire Whitaker, who all compete as members of the NAAC water polo team, participated in the program that hosted over 200 elite water polo athletes from up and down the east coast.

Over the weekend of March 28-30, Doerfler and Claire Whitaker traveled to Salt Lake City for a regional tournament for the culmination of the training program. Their team took second place overall at the tournament and both athletes were invited to continue training with USA Water Polo at the USA Water Polo National Team selection camp in California over Memorial Day Weekend. Read More…


Rec Results: Local players compete at water polo event

March 14, 2014 –

The Naval Academy Aquatic Club will be hosting over 200 water polo athletes from the East Coast this weekend as they conclude a four-month long training regime for the USA Water Polo — Olympic Development Program.

Five local athletes and members of the NAAC water polo team are participating in the program that culminates at the end of March in regional tournaments in Salt Lake City for the girls and Dallas for the boys. At those tournaments, athletes will be selected to attend the National Team training camps over Memorial Day weekend in California and further cuts to make the National Teams for summer international competitions will follow. Read More…


Navy AC Wins Girls Water Polo Championship – by

Naval Academy Aquatic Club held off Chicago Parks, 18-12, to claim the 2013 American Water Polo National State Challenge Girls 18U Championship.

By claiming the tournament title, the Blue & Gold return to Annapolis with a check for $1,000 and the title of national champions for the second consecutive year.

Overall, the crown marks Navy AC’s third National State Challenge title in the past four seasons as the Blue & Gold previously claimed the 2010 title in San Diego, Calif., and 2012 championship at Villanova University.

The game was a story of scoring runs as Navy reeled off a 7-0 spurt in the first eight minutes of play and survived a late surge by Chicago Parks to hang on for a six-goal win. Read More….

Navy AC Boys Retain National Water Polo Title – by

The National Championship will stay in Annapolis for another year as Naval Academy Aquatic Club knocked off Chicago Parks District, 19-13, in the title game of the 2013 American Water Polo National State Challenge Boys’ 18U Bracket at Upper Dublin High School in Fort Washington, Pa.

The victory gives Navy bragging rights for another year in addition to the tournament championship prize: a check for $1,000 for the winning club.

It marks the fourth time in the past five seasons that Navy claims the championship crown following previous championships in 2012 (14-12 win vs. Greenwich, Conn., at Villanova University), 2010 (11-5 win vs. Iolani, Hawaii, at San Diego) and 2009 (at Coronado, Calif.). In addition, it completes a sweep of the boys’ and girls’ titles by the Blue & Gold as the Navy AC girls’ 18U team claimed their bracket’s title courtesy an 18-12 victory against Chicago Parks. The sweep marks only the third time in National State Challenge history that one club program has mastered both sexes’ competition as Navy AC accomplished the feat in 2010 in San Diego and 2012 at Villanova. Read More….

Water Polo Club Members Make a Splash – by Theresa Winslow

Jacob Whitaker used to be afraid to get in the pool.

Now, it’s hard to get him out.

The difference maker is a sport that combines swimming, basketball, wrestling and even a little baseball: water polo.

Jacob, 12, is among 70 boys and girls in Naval Academy Aquatic Club Water Polo. Ages 6 to 18, they practice five or six times a week for up to two hours at a time, almost year-round, to master the intricacies of the sport. The cost ranges from $295 for four months at the novice level to $1,680 a year for the senior program. Read More….

The Perfect Storm: One East Coast Team’s Rise To JO Glory

USA Water Polo – by Greg Mescall

It’s probably one of those moments that’ll flash through at the end of my life. Bam! That was a really bright moment.–Jon Sanchez

It’ll be 21 years this summer.

Two decades and 12 months since a group of young men from the east coast under the name Annapolis turned the age-group water polo establishment on its head.

They cruised into Southern California for two weeks and didn’t lose a single match. When the dust settled, their trophy read 17U Junior Olympic National Champions. They had done something no other non-California squad had done before–and as they’ve come to find out, nobody has done since.

Think about it: Children have been born and completely aged out of water polo in the span of time since an east coast team took down the California elite.

This special group from the year 1990 was the work of many hands. If it takes a village to raise a child, well then it took half the eastern seaboard to raise these champions. Read More…


Around Broadneck: Area Youth in Rigorous Water Polo Program – by Wendi Winters

August usually signals the end of swimming programs for most kids at outdoor community pools on the Broadneck Peninsula and elsewhere in the county.

However, a few dozen Broadneck-area youth are in the swim of things nearly year-round. They are members of the Naval Academy Aquatic Club. And, no, none appears to have gills or scales!

NAAC was founded three decades ago. The club sponsors swim and water polo teams for 250 boys and girls ages 6 through 18. Of the 80 youth involved in water polo, 15 are Broadneck-area residents.

This week and next, many of the team’s members are in California. The youth are competing in the USA Water Polo Junior Olympics in Orange County and the National State Challenge tournament in San Diego. The 18U girls team, 18U boys team, 14U boys team and 21U men’s team all qualified to compete. Read More… – by E.J. Crawford

The Navy Aquatic Water Polo Club practices year-round with its main focus being the National Junior Olympic Championships. The club’s goal is to win a gold medal and to show the nation that it is one of the premier water polo organiza tions in the country.

Mission accomplished.

The Club, an offshoot of the Naval Academy Aquatic Club, took six teams to the Junior Olympics, plac ing all of its teams in the quarterfinals, three in the semi finals, and producing a champion ship for its 16 and under girls squad.

“I was really proud,” said Navy Aquatic Club director Mike Schofield, who credited coach Mladena Stanicic for his hard work and dedication. “We have had many teams go down there and win. We’ve won everything there is to win in year’s past, but we’ve never had three teams in the semifinals. That’s very gratifying.” The girls 16 and under team won the gold medal with a 5-0 victory over TRAP, a talented team from California. Lauren Faust led the squad with three goals, including two late goals to finish off TRAP, while Lauren Heineck and Melissa Goldberg added the remaining goals for Navy. On the defensive end, goalie Mia Fabian recorded the shutout with help from outstanding defensive play by Megan Donahue, Casey Kerney and Tamara Molina. Read More…